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Columns

  • Passage of sweeping school safety measure highlights week

    By Rep. Daniel Elliott

    The 2019 session is nearing its ending point, and I am proud to say that the General Assembly accomplished our top legislative priority. Senate Bill 1 – also known as the School Safety & Resiliency Act – is heading to the Governor’s desk after passing both the House and Senate.

  • Higdon’s legislative update

    By Sen. Jimmy Higdon

    As we approach the latter days of the 2019 Regular Session, the Capitol remains as busy as ever. Countless visitors from across Kentucky advocated important issues in a week that had no shortage of legislative activity.

  • Protecting abortion survivors should not be a partisan issue

    By Mitch McConnell

    Caring for innocent children and their mothers is a moral imperative.

    To put these principles into action, I announced, as Senate Majority Leader, that we would vote on the “Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act,” offered by Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE) in the coming days.

  • The Amish Cook Feb. 27

    By Gloria Yoder

    I was going to take the week off from writing but then decided that I would really like to give a brief report of our week. So on Friday was the day after Valentine’s Day and Daniel really wanted to take me on an overnight trip someplace special.

  • Send me a good shrink

    By Joberta Wells 

    Everybody is going a little (or a lot) crazy with all the rain we have been having. Some people are affected by seasonal affective disorder (SAD) in the winter because of the lack of daylight and suffer from depression. Then there are people like me who get cross and grumpy and become hermits rather than inflicting themselves on sane people.

  • Tearing down history

    I once took an anthropology course, which studied human societies in prehistory and looked at different cultures.

    In the first chapter of our textbook was a warning about ethnocentrism, which is when someone views and judges a different society through the lens of one’s own culture. For example, it would be like judging a culture for being nude in the rainforest, based off our cultural beliefs about nudity.

  • The Amish Cook Feb. 20

    By Gloria Yoder

  • An armed and polite society

    We got an email on Thursday from Rep. Robert Goforth about his asking Attorney General Andy Beshear for an opinion, on whether state laws prohibiting open carry of firearms on postsecondary and university grounds was against Kentucky’s Constitution.

  • Truth

    By Jon Edgell

    Have you ever argued with someone who was wrong?

    I don’t mean that they just have a different opinion than you do, but you know absolutely and without a doubt, based on reality and research, that you have full possession of the facts and they don’t. I observed this last fall in Seminary. A first-year, first-semester student actually challenged his professor on the meaning of a certain Greek New Testament word.

  • A win-win for teachers, taxpayers

    By Jim Waters

    If, as numerous rankings indicate, Kentucky is a physically unhealthy state, we may be an even-unhealthier commonwealth when it comes to our public pension systems.

    Despite dumping a greater portion of the state budget into the public retirement systems than at any point in history, those systems still languish with hazardously low funding levels.

    No plan reaches the 90 percent funding level considered healthy by experts.